Three alternative ways to travel to Bali without flying
THE JAKARTA POST Tuesday July 3, 2018
JAKARTA, Indonesia – Although Mount Agung in Karangasem, Bali, spewed lava during its latest eruption on Monday night, the other parts of the island are still safe to visit.
At the time of writing, Ngurah Rai International Airport remains open. However, if you are worried that the airport is closed, fret not, as tempo.co has compiled three ways to visit the Island of the Gods without flying.
Trains are among the alternative methods of transportation. When compared with buses or car, the train journey is shorter, making it more convenient for travelers.
Travelers from Jakarta can choose between the Jakarta-Surabaya-Banyuwangi or Jakarta-Yogyakarta-Banyuwangi routes.
Budget travelers are recommended to choose Gaya Baru Malam as the cost is only Rp 160,000 (US$11.10) per person. The train departs from Pasar Senen Station to Gubeng Station in Surabaya. From Surabaya, travelers can continue with a train to Banyuwangi Baru Station.
Meanwhile, travelers who want to make a quick trip to Yogyakarta are recommended to use the Progo train. Priced at Rp 140,000, the train departs from Jakarta to Lempuyangan Station. From Yogyakarta, travelers can continue with the Sri Tanjung train to Banyuwangi Station by paying Rp 94,000.
Those who want to go directly to Bali can opt to take a bus from Pulo Gebang bus station in East Jakarta.
Pahala Kencana, Kramat Djati Jakarta, Lorena and Safari Dharma Raya are among the bus companies that offer a Jakarta-Bali route. Priced at Rp 500,000 per person, the journey usually takes more than 25 hours.
Both bus and train passengers will need to cross the Bali Strait using a ferry.
Travelers can take a ferry from Ketapang Port in Banyuwangi to Gilimanuk Port on Bali’s western shores. The service is available 24 hours a day and costs Rp 6,500 per person. (jes/kes)
Fom: THE JAKARTA POST (Indonesia) Wednesday July 4, 2018